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. and as a state senator, he worked to pass campaign finance reform. as a united states senator, he was critical and to the passing of ethics and lobbying reform after the jack abramoff scandal. he refused to take contributions from registered lobbyists or political action committees. and as a presidential candidate, he promised to, quote, "tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in washington are over." >>> i am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in washington are over. i have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists, and won. they have not funded my campaign, they will not work in my white house, and they will not drown out the voices of the american people when i am president. >> and his own convention, was crawling with lobbyists schmoozing with politicians. and now, rahm emanuel has been turned loose by the president to go for the gold. did you suggest earlier that he didn't have a choice? that with the great accumulation of money by the republicans, he had to match them in order to be a v
, in the citizens united era, we're moving dangerously close into a kind of corporate state mentality, where the corporations operate with impunity in the supreme court. and they're now endowed not with personhood rights, as some people think, but super personhood rights. because they have all kinds of protections that ordinary human beings don't have, like limited liability and perpetual life. and they continue to, you know, accrue wealth through the generations. but now they're given political free speech rights that people theoretically have. but of course, most american citizens don't have millions of dollars to spend in politics. but the corporations do. and it's, you know, a matter of chump change for them to put several million dollars into a campaign that could, you know, very much affect the direction of public policy. >> you live in new york, katrina, if you were explaining to another straphanger on a moving subway the impact on that person's life of citizens united, what would you tell her before the next stop? >> what's misunderstood is that money is not an abstraction. money wil
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